Chris Dobey slams Gary Andersons backstage comment that fuelled upset win
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Chris Dobey revealed he was spurred on to beat Gary Anderson after being riled by something the two-time world champion said during their Ally Pally clash.
Anderson made a bright start to the third round tie, impressively winning the opening set, but Dobey fought back superbly to win the next four. After the match, Hollywood said he was given extra motivation to win after being irked by something Anderson said during a break, although he stressed the Flying Scotsman was still a “class bloke”.
“Gary said something to us in the last break and I didn’t like it,” he told Sky Sports Darts. “So there was no way he was winning that game after that, it kind of annoyed me.
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“Being the man I am, I tried to forget about it. He’s a class lad but I didn’t agree with what he said. There was no way he was winning this game.”
Dobey wouldn’t be drawn on what Anderson had said to upset him, adding: “He just said… I’m not going to say, it was just something I didn’t like. As I say, he’s a class bloke, everyone knows that, I just didn’t agree with what he said.
“I came up here to do one job and made sure I was winning this game. I never gave up, that’s the kind of lad I am, I’m always fighting until the end. I’m delighted to get that win.
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“Gary’s a class lad and is one of the big names in darts, and has been for a while. It’s a massive win for me.”
Anderson’s defeat, following the reigning champion Peter Wright's exit on Tuesday, means Alan Soutar is the only remaining Scotsman left in the tournament. Soutar fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Danny Noppert 4-2 in the second match of the afternoon.
That followed another comeback victory as Jose de Sousa rallied from 3-0 down to beat Ryan Searle
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